Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sébastien Loeb, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Mati Latvala

Sébastien Loeb (1974) is a French rally driver currently driving for the Citroën World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship (WRC). He has won the world championship a record seven times in a row, and also holds several other WRC records, including most wins and podium finishes.
Originally a gymnast, Loeb switched to rallying in 1995 and won the Junior World Rally Championship in 2001. Signed by the Citroën factory team for the 2002 season, he and co-driver Daniel Elena took their debut WRC win that same year at the Rallye Deutschland. After finishing runner-up to Petter Solberg by one point in 2003, Loeb took his first drivers' title in 2004. Continuing with Citroën, he went on to take a record seventh consecutive world title in 2010. Loeb is a tarmac expert, having won all WRC races on that since 2005 but two (Monte Carlo 2006 and Germany 2011).
Finnish competitors (for Ford) Mikko Hirvonen 
and Jari-Mati Latvala, ready for the Rally de France
Loeb is married to Séverine and has a daughter Valentine. They reside near Lausanne, Switzerland. He was made knight of the Légion d'honneur on May 27, 2009, by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Loeb is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.


  1. Regarding this caricature of Mikko Hirvonen
    and Jari-Mati Latvala about frenchmen : that's not really the way people wear the beret in France, at least in the last 50 years.
    It may even remind us to the pro-nazi "miliciens" of the second world war.
    Two comments here :

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